A Training Series for Improving the Leadership Capacity of Public Officials
This exclusive professional development series devised by Wichita State's Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs assists both newly elected and veteran public leaders in effectively meeting the requirements of their positions.
Elected and appointed government officials attend six sessions that take place on Thursdays at locations in and around the Wichita metropolitan area. Participants have the option of registering for a single session or attending the entire six-part series for maximum leadership development.
"Roles and Responsibilities of Elected Officials vs. Staff: Who Does What?"
RESCHEDULED for March 30 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Bel Aire City Hall - Community Room (map)
Every elected or appointed official wants to help his or her community. Here you have the opportunity to better understand the full range of your role and responsibility compared to those held by city staff. The session will help you develop your role in this exciting, challenging and sometimes humbling experience of elected or appointed office and lead to a more effective government for your citizens.
Instructor: Randy Frazer, City Administrator/City Clerk, City of Moundridge
"10 Things to Look For in a Budget Document"
April 21 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Newton City Hall - Third Floor Community Room (map)
Local government budgets guide spending planning and decisions regarding the public’s money. A typical budget document covers revenues and spending and often separate sections for different funds. You’ll learn to go beyond relying strictly on the budget summary and learn how to analyze trends and understand community priorities. An understanding of the major sources of revenue and the major spending items will also be discussed. An analysis of fund transfers and the legal basis in which they occur will be discussed.
Instructor: Lunda Asmani, Assistant City Manager for Budget and Finance, City of Newton
"What Your Planner or Planning Consultant Wants You to Know: The Short List"
June 23 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Sedgwick Senior Center (map)
It’s in the community’s interest to avoid sporadic, haphazard development or redevelopment that follows from unplanned growth or property reuse in your community. Every citizen and community leader should be interested in protecting the city’s quality of life. Hear about the basics of planning and zoning in Kansas to comply with rules and regulations associated with rebuilding or constructing roads, utilities and residential and commercial properties. Get pointers on how and when to hire planning consultants.
Instructor: Jana McCarron, Director of Planning and Development, City of Hutchinson
"An Overview of Public Works: Infrastructure and More"
Aug. 25 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
City of Derby Public Works (map)
Cities pool their resources to provide citizens basic public goods. In Kansas, public works departments are among the highest profile and most recognizable local government services. This session will touch on the various aspects of public works departments including engineering for infrastructure design and construction, water treatment and distribution, stormwater and flood control, fleet operations and facilities. Smaller communities may add to the list by offering cable television and Internet.
Instructor: Robert Mendoza, Director of Public Works, City of Derby
"Ensuring the Public’s Safety: Who You Gonna Call?"
Oct. 27 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Haysville Municipal Building - Training and Events Room (map)
The day-to-day scope of public safety services is a huge financial issue based on state and federal regulations and mandates. This requires partnerships with various agencies at the local, state and federal levels. Get more details on city and county responsibility for law enforcement, fire services, and utility services. You’ll hear real world scenarios involving public safety dilemmas. Find out who to approach for help for your community, local nonprofit organizations, and businesses. Leave with a practical resource list.
Instructor: John Sweet, City Administrator, City of Lyons
"Building a Strategy-Focused City"
Dec. 8 | 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Wichita State University Marcus Welcome Center (map)
Local government leaders often struggle with how to implement a strategic plan once one has been developed. Often, leaders struggle because the strategy must be understood and executed by every member of the organization. While staying focused on the necessary, incremental and short-term goals, an organization’s members must also be able to define the meaning of strategic concepts such as quality, growth and citizen satisfaction and how those connect back to the strategic plan. Learn how successful strategic plans have been implemented and how you can take a plan and turn it into action. (Presented in conjunction with Hugo Wall School’s Local Government Management Series.)
$180 per participant for the entire six-part series
$30 per participant for a single session
Members of the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) receive a discounted rate of $120/participant for the series and $20/participant for a single session. See if your organization is a REAP member.
Registration is required. Sign up for a single session or the entire series here.
Sponsored by the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) and the Public Policy and Management Center at Wichita State University's Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs.
Gayle Martin, Program Manager
Wichita State University Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs